I guess this is becoming the month of career announcements, because the THR thing happened a week ago and I’ve got something else to tell you...it's something I’m still pinching myself about, wondering whether it’s actually happening or if my wildest dreams really are coming true.
I was just named the Contributing West Coast Editor at British Vogue!
Which, by the way, feels just as insane to type as you think it does, because I never thought I’d be here. But I’m so, so honored to be. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m such a HUGE fan and supporter of Edward Enninful and everything he’s done throughout his career and in his role at the magazine. He’s such an inspiration to me.
So the fact that I’m getting this crazy opportunity to work alongside him and to be part of his fashion army…well, it feels like I’m living in a fantasy.
A story for you: I met Edward years and years ago at the airport in New York. I don’t remember where I was coming from or where I was going, but I remember seeing him there, sitting down, and feeling my heartbeat in my chest. I was so nervous! And they say never meet your idols. But I couldn’t not say something. I mean, it’s Edward fucking Enninful.
So I did. I gathered up all the courage I had in my body and walked up and said, “Mr. Enninful…” and before I could say anything else, he looked up, into my face, and said, “Luxury Law.”
I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t think he was going to know who I was. I thought I was going to say hello, introduce myself and say how much I loved his work, but he said he’d already been following my stuff with Zendaya and Céline, and that he loved it because it was like “a walking editorial.”
I’ll never forget that moment. No matter how successful you get, or how far you get in your career, it always means more than anything to have the support of the people who inspire you. We walked together until I got so nervous that I didn’t want to talk to him anymore! I didn’t want to ruin anything. But I’ve definitely thought of that day and that conversation so many times since then.
We really haven’t seen too many black men rise to that level in our industry. Edward started out as a model when he was still a teenager, and by the time he was 18 he was already the fashion director at i-D! And he developed this reputation in my world for really paying attention to how the girls were dressing in the street, and then bringing that into the fashion stories and basically fuelling the whole grunge movement in London.
He was also behind the Black Issue at Italian Vogue, and EVERYONE knows how iconic that was. It sold out everywhere in, like, three days. And I followed all his work when he was the style director at W. He took so many risks there. Everyone is afraid of risk! But he had Steven Meisel shoot Kate Moss as a nun wearing white lace on the cover of the magazine. Nobody else could have done that.
He was the one who had Nicki Minaj on the cover of the magazine dressed like an 18th century French noblewoman! He cares so much about story, in the same way that I care so much about story, and when you see an Edward Enninful spread, you know it’s his.
That doesn’t matter to everyone in the way that it matters to him, and I think that’s part of what makes him great. He’s an icon, and I feel so blessed that he sees something in me. I used to be really insecure about doing editorials when I first started out as a stylist. I didn’t think I was good at it. And so knowing that Edward Enninful, who I respect more than words can express, really sees me and my work, and that he’s always believed in my talent…
Well, what can you say about that?
Edward and I finally got to work together last fall, when we did the cover for British Vogue. I found this YSL couture evening dress that used to belong to Eunice W. Johnson, the founder of Ebony Fashion Fair, in the 80s. It felt like a really special story to tell, especially on the cover of a magazine helmed by Edward. It was magical! And it was a huge moment for me.
Between us, I’ve already done some work in my new role already…you’ll see some of that very soon. I hope you’ll like it. I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.
But until then…